Back to School Backpack Drive


July 9th – September 7th
School Supplies for Foster Teens

The Goal: 200 Backpacks!

We’re looking to fill 200 backpacks with school supplies to be delivered to teens in foster care in PDX. See below for a full list of basic supplies we're seeking for each backpack.

Beyond Basics

In addition to a backpack filled with important basics for the first day of school, we will be keeping in touch with each teen to see what supplies their teachers ask them to have after the first day.

Since high school students each have their own class schedules and extracurriculars, they have their own specific needs. These needs can be graphing calculators, composition notebooks, soccer cleats, lab kits, sculpture tools, etc. Please consider donating funds or gift cards in advance so that we can get these kids what they need quickly. Thank you Champions!

Ways to Get Involved:

School Supplies for Foster Teens

We’re collecting new or barely used items that are age appropriate for teens. We will also take gift cards to purchase last minute requests.  Thank you for helping our teens! You are a Champion!


This is what should be in each teens backpack. You can bring a filled backpack or any number and assortment of the items below.

(1) Backpack – adult sized, no kids cartoon characters
(2) Notebooks – college or wide rule
(1) 3 Ring Binders
(1 pack) Binder Dividers
(1 pack) Loose Leaf Paper
(3+) Highlighters
(2+) Mechanical Pencils – with (1) lead/erasers refills
(3+) Ballpoint Pens (Blk/Bl)
(1+) Red Pen
(2+) Regular Pencils with (1) Sharpener
(1) Calculator
(2+) Erasers
(1) Pencil Case or Pouch
(1) Whiteout
(1+) Index Cards
(1) Flash Drive
(1) Hand Sanitizer (individual size)
(1) Ruler
(2+) Two Pocket Folders

Our Progress


Here's a handy chart of what basics have been donated so far, and what we still need to collect or purchase.

Check back here for updates on our goal!